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North West Health to welcome Iranian doctors, 18 Aug

18 Aug 2006
North West Health welcomes Iranian doctors in Rustenburg

18 August 2006

The North West Department of Health will on Friday, 18 August 2006, welcome
16 young and energetic doctors with a glittering ceremony to be held at Orion
Safari Lodge in Rustenburg, Bojanala District at 18h00.

This follows after government had signed a memorandum of understanding with
the Iranian Government to assist South Africa with health professionals to work
in South Africa in alleviating the shortage of doctors since it is a national
challenge.

These health professionals recruited will be distributed to start providing
health services to the rural and other disadvantaged communities within areas
where such services are inadequate in the four districts, Bophirima, Bojanala,
Southern and Central District.

District managers are the ones who are in a position to place them, either
in hospitals or community health centres depending on the shortage of health
professionals in that particular district.

"We are positive that these doctors will help the existing health personnel
in accelerating quality healthcare service delivery to the communities
particularly in the rural areas in this province. We have also prepared
accommodation since most of professional health workers working in rural areas
have raised some challenges and accommodation being one of those serious
challenges in our previous roadshows," concluded MEC Nomonde Rasmeni.

Members of the media are invited to capture this event. The challenge of the
shortage of doctors particularly in rural provinces like ours has had much
media interest for some time now. It is for this reason that the department
will allow questions around this issue.

Media enquiries:
Mr Isaac Mokaila
Tel: (018) 387 5813
Cell: 073 742 3906

Enquiries:
Zakes Molala
Acting Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (018) 387 5830
Fax: (018) 387 5830
Email: lmolala@nwpg.gov.za

Issued by: Department of Health, North West Provincial Government
18 August 2006
Source: North West Department of Health (http://www.nwhealth.gov.za)